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Building huge hillside homes — and steep resentment — in Bel-Air
Building huge hillside homes — and steep resentment — in Bel-Air

When Joseph Horacek III looks at the "Starship Enterprise" — as he calls the mansion going up above his low-slung, Balinese-inspired contemporary in Bel-Air — visual pollution isn't his primary concern. The veteran entertainment attorney is afraid the whole thing will come sliding down the hill and crush his household. With post-recession construction booming on the Westside, architects are building up and under: creating wine cellars and subterranean bowling alleys, altering slopes and ridgelines. Convoys of dirt haulers and cement mixers compete with residents for space on the narrow roads winding through Bel-Air and Trousdale Estates. Some of the...

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